Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: The Vampire Narcise (Regency Draculia #3) by Colleen Gleason

Release date: May 31, 2011
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Skilled in the seduction of men, both mortal and immortal, Narcise Moldavi is the greatest weapon in her twisted brother's war among the Dracule. Until she falls for Giordan Cale.

Her first searing encounter with Giordan brands them with a passionate love. But Giordan's vow to help Narcise escape her brother's rule is followed by a betrayal more agonizing than sunlight.

Wounded but determined, Narcise ensnares vampire hunter Chas Woodmore in her quest for revenge and to reclaim her life. He wants her, worships her, will kill for her. And the Dracule never forget a wrong – nor do they forgive.
My Thoughts:  I think this series has been getting progressively better with each of the books.  And that's saying something because I've enjoyed all of them in different ways.  However, this one was the most emotionally charged of the bunch and the things that our main characters had to go through to end up where they did were equal parts hard to read about and completely captivating.

Giordan and Narcise's relationship was fraught with difficulties from the first.  I loved how Giordan saw what he wanted and found a way to go after it despite all the roadblocks that were thrown up to keep he and Narcise apart.  He was strong and when life threw him a terrible curveball he stood up and managed to keep moving forward.

From the glimpses we were given of Narcise in previous books, I wasn't sure if she would be a character I could like.  She loves one man but she willingly gives herself to another in her bid for freedom.  Honestly, she could have turned out to be a unredeemable woman who didn't deserve Giordan.  Yet Colleen Gleason gave her such depth and such pain that I couldn't help but feel for her.

In my opinion, this is the strongest book in the series and both Giordan and Narcise will stick with you long after you finish their story.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: The Vampire Voss
Book 2: The Vampire Dimitri

More books by Colleen Gleason

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Vampire Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I agree 100%. This was the best installment in the trilogy. I was completely blown away and surprised by the turn of events. A great book!

    Jen at Red Hot Books